The Athlete's Dilemma

Sacrificing Health for Wealth and Fame

51I1L3yDwfL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author John Weston Parry
Isbn 9781442275409
File size 1.32MB
Year 2017
Pages 364
Language English
File format PDF
Category Sport

Book Description:

This is a very comprehensible legal perspective on injury and doping in sports from an experienced disability rights lawyer and writer. Parry, the former director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights and editor/editor in chief of the Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter, makes a strong case for a public health approach by the federal government to protect young and elite athletes (amateur to professional) because the many leagues and organizations that regulate sports are “self-serving” for profit. These numerous entities (NCAA, etc.) are “exempt from federal antitrust and other laws.” Some of the many injustices and concerns reported and discussed include playing while injured, using addictive drugs, illegal hits and severe violence, overuse of limbs, concussions and mental impairments, suicide, MRSA infections, drug-testing scandals, lawsuits, bribes and extortion, lack of health care and disability benefits for collegiate athletes, and minimal long-term provisions for retired players. The author provides numerous alarming examples of male and female case studies from football, baseball, basketball, skiing, boxing, hockey, cycling, tennis, etc. The book is divided into four manageable parts, but topics are often repeated with referrals to previous and later chapters. This work will appeal to a broad audience. (CHOICE)

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